5 Essential Men's Style Books

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The advent of warmer weather always means a welcome opportunity to refresh the wardrobe and cast off the dreary, heavy clothes of the off-season. Sometimes, however, we require a little inspiration to get the creative juices flowing. Here are five new shelf-worthy style books to give yours a boost:

1.) London Sartorial by Dylan Jones (Rizzoli)

Dylan Jones, the longtime editor of British GQ, is one of the world's foremost authorities on men's style. This gorgeous volume offers a vivid look at all aspects of London's sartorial scene, from street style to Savile Row.

2.) Suave in Every Situation by Gonzague Dupleix and Jean-Philippe Delhomme (Flammarion)

Billed as a "rakish style guide for men" by French GQ's resident dandy with illustrations by the brilliant Jean-Philippe Delhomme, this book solves such critical questions as "Would Marcello Mastroianni have puffed on an electronic cigarette?" and what to wear on election day. 

3.) Alone in a Crowd by Guiseppe Santamaria (Chronicle Books)

The follow-up to noted street style shooter Giuseppe Santamaria's Men in This Town series, this compendium of snaps from Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, London, Paris, Florence, Madrid, New York and Toronto is a veritable playbook of peacockery and sartorial one-upmanship. 

4.) The Illustrated Art of Manliness by Brett McKay (Little, Brown)

More than 100 practical skills every modern man needs to know are collected here including survival, style, self-defense, chivalry and car repair. Cool illustrations elevate this one above the usual how-to fare. Check out the entries on "How to dance, fight, shave, shake a hand, pick a lock, and fire a gun."

5.) Bowie Unseen by Gerald Fearnley (Acc Publishing)

Think you've seen every cool Bowie pic out there? Think again. Gerald Fearnley, who shot Bowie's very first album cover, unveils a trove of rarely seen and unpublished portraits of the artist as a young man. A fascinating look at an icon-to-be with plenty of timeless style to steal. (Available Aug. 3).